Monday, 5 August 2013

The Jewelry Tag | Prairie Charms Collaboration

I’ve been in a bit of a blogging funk recently. I have loads of great ideas, but not the energy or ethusiasm to carry them out. I’m blaming looking after my foster kitten Albert. He needs 24/7 care and it really is exhausting!

I’m going on holiday for a week on Friday though, and one of my colleagues is going to look after Albert for me. I’m looking forward to a much needed break, and getting back into the blogging swing of things!

I’m currently taking part in a collaboration with UK based company Prairie Charms, to bring you a series of fun blog posts. The first will be this jewelry TAG style post which I really enjoyed doing. It’s definitely helped me to find blogging fun again!

Prairie Charms is a handmade accessories boutique with products ranging from blinging, glitter hair bows and floral crowns to boho braided bracelets. They donate 10% of their profits to Great Ormand Street Children’s Hospital, and I’m delighted to be working with them.

Below are the jewelry TAG questions and my responses. I hope you enjoy reading them!

Q1) Describe your jewelry style in three words?

Subtle. Classic. Vintage.

Q2) What was your first piece of jewelry? if you bought it yourself, why did it stand out? if it was a gift, what was it for?

The first piece of jewelry I remember having is this silver Calvin Klein watch with diamonds around the face. My Dad bought me it as a special present for my 16th birthday. It was never off my wrist as a teenager, I loved it!. I still love it now, although I wear it more now as a slightly scratched and battered retro piece rather than as my ‘fancy watch’!
Q3) What is your most meaningful piece of jewelry?

I have a few, but one which stands out is this rose gold Laura Lee ring. My boyfriend bought me it as a birthday present one year. It’s a simple band with Rien Que Toi, Moi, Nous, engraved on it. It translates as Nothing But You, Me, Us. It’s special to me because whenever one of us is going through a bad time the other will say, 'Remember it’s nothing but you, me, us'.
Q4) What is your jewelry style, or do you own an eclectic mix?
I’m really into vintage, or vintage style pieces and I rarely deviate from that. I have a couple of high street statement necklaces, but I rarely buy jewelry from the high street.

Below is a little snapshot of some of my most recent vintage finds.
Q5) What is your favourite type of jewelry, or is there a type that you’ve never got along with?

I’m alway drawn to rings and brooches because I find them easiest to wear. My job is very active so on a day to day basis I can’t wear dangly, fussy necklaces, bracelets or earrings. Outside of work though, anything goes!

I used to really struggle with earrings and I found that they were really painful to wear. I eventually found out that I was allergic to the cheaper metals that the high street use for jewelry. Now I only wear silver, gold or rose gold earrings and have no problems at all.

Q6) Whose jewellery box would you love to raid and why?

Without a doubt, that would be Elizabeth Taylor’s. I love old Hollywood and no old Hollywood actress was more glamorous than Elizabeth Taylor! Her collection of diamond jewelry is simply stunning, and the stories behind some of her best known pieces are fascinating. I highly recommend her book, Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry.

Q7) Silver or gold? Are you someone who loves one and hates the other, or do you like a variety of colours?

I’m definitely more drawn to gold or rose gold pieces. I find them more flattering on my skin tone than stark silver. That being said, I love to mix metals. One brand who do this to great effect are Magnolia. Below is a little selection of some of my mixed metal jewelry from Magnolia.
Q8) How do you store your jewelry? is it in a jewelry box or on display?

For me it’s a bit of both. I have a large brown jewelry box from TK Maxx which holds most of my jewelry, however I also like to use my jewelry to decorate my dressing room.
My bigger pieces and all my brooches are displayed on a dressmakers dummy. Recent purchases, or pieces I reach for every day are displayed on a vintage cake stand, or in a vintage music box.

Q9) Do you own any heirloom jewelry?

When I graduated from university my Mum bought me a beautiful set of creamy pearls. I wear them at every special occasion. I love the intricate silver clasp. This isn't quite an heirloom piece yet, but it’s something I see myself passing on to my daughter one day.
Q10) What are your favourite jewelry brands, and what piece are you looking to add to your collection next?

I buy most of my jewelry from vintage stores, fairs, Ebay or on holidays. Saying that, if money were no object I’d love a pair of shoulder duster earring from Greek designer Ileana Makri. Her pieces remind me of the bold, intricate jewelry worn in Bollywood films.

I also love Anton Heunis’s stunning statement necklaces and earrings. They are a very modern take on vintage inspired jewelry.

I’ve loved Isabel Marant clothing for years but have only recently discovered her jewelry. it has the same boho, hippy feel as her clothing, which I like.

Sadly my budget doesn’t allow for extravagant jewellery purchases from these designers. I do have my eye on something decidedly more affordable though! It’s Prairie Charms Kaiya Multi Wrap. This item is a length of interwoven, mint toned fabric with a gold coloured fastening. I love the colours, and that this item is multifunctional. It can be worn as a necklace, headband, wrap around bracelet or clutch wristlet.

Prairie Charms are offering 35% off for readers. Just enter JEWELS35 at the checkout.

If you are a blogger and are interested in taking part in the blog series, you can contact Prairie Charms on twitter @Prairie_Charms or email

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Souk Souk Beauty Box | July 2013

I must apologise again from the length of time between posts of late! July has been a particularly manic month for me. I’ve had horrendous food poisoning, one of my foster kittens passed away, and I still have one kitten to bottle feed six times a day as well as working full time. Excuses, excuses...

I do have a few interesting things coming up on the blog though. I’m going on a much needed holiday on the 9th of August so there’ll be a few holiday/summer related posts coming up soon. I’ve also just filmed my very first YouTube video!

 This month’s Souk Souk box was another goody! The value for money is fantastic, as you’ll see when i list the RRP’s below, and I received four cruelty-free brands I’d never tried before.
 Vita Bella Anti-Aging Face Cream 15ml, RRP £9.00

I’m not really using anti-aging moisturisers yet, but I do like that this cream is hydrating and contains aloe vera. I think it’ll be ideal for taking on holiday with me, when my skin could use an extra hydrating boost after a few hours in the sun.

 Badger Organic Sleep Balm, RRP £4.50

Badger Balms are BUAV approved and I’ve been using them for years. This sleep balm is great for rubbing onto your temples when you’re having trouble sleeping. You can also use it under your nose or on your lips. I particularly like to use it when I’m sleeping somewhere unfamiliar, or when I’m on a long haul flight and need to try and get some sleep on the plane. The lavender scent is just perfect for clearing your mind.

Pure Thoughts Mint and Avocado Foot Repair Balm, RRP £7.95

Ok we’re about to talk about feet so brace yourselves! I work on my feet all day, not only that, I have to wear steel toe wellies! This wreaks havoc with my feet. I’ve been using this amazing balm for the past few nights, and it’s a miracle worker! I rub it into my feet last thing at night and it’s such a nice relaxing ritual. I’d happily buy this again. 
 Sranrom Spa Calm Down Hand or Body Cream, RRP £3.20 for 30ml

Sranrom are a brand from Thailand that I hadn’t heard of before. This cream contains spearmint, lemongrass and kaffir lime which creates a lovely, fresh, zingy fragrance. You can’t go wrong with a nice, fresh body cream!

Glam 3-in-1 Lip Suite in Rose Pink, RRP £8.99
Glam is another BUAV approved brand, yaaay! This little lip balm, lip colour and lip gloss in one is lovely. In the pot the colour looks really vibrant, but on the lips it’s more of a nice, subtle tint unless you want to build it up into something stronger. Glam lip products are vegan too, something which is very hard to find as most lip products contain beeswax or lanolin.

This Souk Souk box was the last in my 3 month subscription. I’ve loved all three of my boxes so I’ve signed up for another 3 months.

What do we all think of July’s box?
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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Amarya Beauty Box | July 2013

I feel like I’m saying this a lot recently, but I apologies for my blogging hiatus. We were at a family funeral this weekend, and I’ve been run ragged looking after foster kittens. Sadly the first two foster kittens I had didn’t make it (Monty and Susie, the ginger and black ones). Now I have another two and these look like they are going to fare much better *touch wood*. For photo updates check out my instagram or twitter @juicysatsuma, and if you have any name suggestions let me know! We think they’re a male and female but it’s difficult to tell when they are so young. 
I am thrilled with July’s Amarya beauty box. Zoya? Score! Neom? Score! let’s take a closer look.
Full Size (7.5ml) Zoya Limited Edition Colour Cuties Nail Polish in Shelby £5.15
Zoya is without a doubt my favourite nail polish brand, so I was delighted to see this in my box. This beautiful pink colour, named Shelby, is part of the Colour Cuties collection. The Colour Cuties are 7.5ml bottles, which is half the size of a standard Zoya polish, but is less than half the price. I’m really pleased with the colour I got, but I’m also loving Gilda, Happi and Zuza.
Sample Size (5ml) John Masters Linden Blossom Face Creme Cleanser, Full Size RRP £22
I’ve been a bit hit and miss with John Masters so far. I didn’t like the shampoo and conditioner, but I loved the Bearberry Oil Balancing Face Serum. I’m happy to keep this cleanser and use it when I’m away from home and packing light, but it isn’t designed for my skin type so I can’t see it being a wonder product for me.
Full Size (50ml) Neom Inspiration Hand Cream RRP £12.50
Oh Neom, Neom, Neom how I love you! I could always use a good hand cream and this ones smells divine. Neom’s Inspiration scent is made up of violet, chamomile and cedarwood. It’s a floral explosion which you’ll either love or hate.
Sample Size (5g) Dr Hauschka Toned Day Cream Full Size RRP £27.45
I’m loving tinted moisturisers right now. They are so much easier to wear in the hot weather we’ve been having. Yes, it’s sunny, even in Scotland! This one from Dr Hauschka is a lot thicker and more moisturising than most I’ve tried. It also looks alarmingly dark, but once on the skin and blended out I can see it working with most skin tones. It becomes quite transparent and just subtly even out your skin tone. If you love a glowy, dewy look then this is a good choice for a tinted moisturiser.

What does everyone think of this month’s box? Did anyone get a different Zoya Colour Cutie or a different Neom hand cream scent?

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